Please join us once a quarter to visit and tour House of Mercy. We will have light refreshments, give a tour and answer any questions you may have. This is also a great opportunity to experience the atmosphere if you are interested in volunteering with us. Please see our events calendar for the next open house.
Christmas with Mercy
Christmas with Mercy is our Christmas toy program for our clients. This is a great way to get involved during the holidays. We create a shopping experience for the parent’s and assist them in choosing and wrapping a few gifts for their children for Christmas. We usually need about 150 volunteers for this event, but it fills up fast! Please watch out for the sign up in November. See the Events calendar for more details.
Back to School
Our Back to School program provides a pair of new shoes, a new outfit including underwear and socks, a new backpack and some school supplies for each child eligible for the program. Our largest need is donated items for this program. Please consider holding a Back to School drive for us or donating some of the listed items.
Lenten Cross of Mercy
As Catholics, we celebrate different liturgical seasons throughout the year (Ordinary Time, Christmas, Easter, Lent, Advent, etc.). During the season of Lent we remember Jesus’s time in the dessert and the temptations he went through. This is a penitential season for us in which we focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. For the Lenten Cross of Mercy program, we partner with local parishes to provide opportunities for parishioners to join with us in living out the spiritual and corporal works of mercy through prayer, service and almsgiving. Current participating parishes include: Holy Trinity (Gainesville), Our Lady of Hope….. If you would like your parish to join with us for the Lenten Cross of Mercy, please contact the Executive Director.
52 X 52 Food Drives
Help keep the food pantry stocked all year ’round! Many people are incredibly generous during certain times of the year – usually around the holidays, which is really fantastic! But, we do need to keep the pantry stocked all year and sometimes the most dire times for our neighbors in need are not around the holidays but in January/February or during the summer (when their children’s meals are not being supplemented by their school). We invite any individual or group to sign up and commit to hosting a food drive for House of Mercy for one week/year. We hope to fill the calendar so the food pantry is always stocked! Please see this link to sign up.
One of the most common needs of those in need (especially children) is underwear. One may not think this is the case, but if a parent is debating whether to use their last bit of the paycheck to pay the utility bill, purchase food, or purchase new underwear (and clothes), the answer will never be underwear. We host a one day “underwear drive thru.” This creates an opportunity for you to purchase a new package of underwear – any size and just drive up to House of Mercy and toss it in a bin for collection and distribution.
Campaign to End Hunger
The Campaign to End Hunger is primarily a way to engage the community and collaborate with other organizations and provide a large amount of rice to help supplement meals for tens of thousands of people. This is a large rice packing event for those interested in doing something for their neighbor. This is also a fundraiser for House of Mercy to help cover the cost of the event as well as for our general operations. Please see the event calendar for more details and a sign-up will be available in September. If you are a business or know of a business who would like to be an event sponsor, please contact the Executive Director for more information. *This event is not possible without our event sponsors.
Happy Hour for Hunger
Come enjoy a night of fun at a local bar to raise funds for House of Mercy. Details will be available prior to the event. We hope to host two happy hours per year. See the event calendar for more details.